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Brewed by:
Professor Fritz Briem
Germany

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Created by Dr. Fritz Briem of Doemens Institute ( http://www.doemens.org ), brewed by Weihenstephan & Doemens.

Added by MaltyGoodness on 04-16-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
580
Ratings:
1,392
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.27%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow beer with plenty of haze as appropriate for style. Great looking head, white, 1/2". Plenty of wheat and lemon sour in the aroma.

Taste hits the good tart and sour notes without going overboard, as far as traditional berliners made in Germany, this is one of the better ones. Plenty of carbonation, as appropriate for style as well.

This is a real solid example of a traditional berliner that is solidly consistent.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both a little above average. Aroma is lemon zest, lemons, tart apples, bready malt and wheat. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the taste is more tart than the aroma would lead you to believe. It's a good tart/sour beer, but the tartness isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's nice and crisp, and it has good carbonation too. Drinkability is pretty good, it's refreshing and enjoyable. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these at a time! I think this is a good overall brew, I'll definitely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours pale, straw colored with a nice frothy head that exits fairly quick. The aroma suggests citrus, spice, light fruit and a touch of funky barnyard mustiness in the background. It is fruity, very tart, dry and refreshing, with a hint of sourness. The quintessential summer afternoon beer. It’s not potent enough to do too much damage. The tartness encourages you to drink slow and the tartness and fruitiness especially in the aftertaste help it last.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-What a unique pour. A straw yellow hue with a violent, fizzy head that starts huge and quickly (but not quietly) fizzes down to nearly nothing. The bubbles rise like Alka-Seltzer. Only slightly hazy, but there are some clear sediment chunks floating around.

S-Have never had this style before. The bubbles prickle the nose. Aroma is tart. Apple juice aroma hides behind the tartness. It almost smells like a white wine, or a light champagne. Very excited to try the flavor.

T-The flavor is light and sweet and deliciously tart. The sour fruity flavors and light yeast make this one complex brew. There is some interesting clove flavor in here as well. I very much enjoy this one's flavor.

M-Light but not too light in the body' extremely crisp too. Bubbly and seltzer-esque.

O/D-I like this one a bunch. Very unique. Great for warm weather. Would love more than just one bottle of this. A very solid, well-rounded beer. I have nothing bad to say about this one. Great introduction to the Berliner Weissbier style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.67/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Green Flash snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a huge two-finger crown that retains good and long before arriving at a 1/4 inch. Sudsy, billowy lacing.

S- Wonderfully funky wild yeast smell with a crisp citrus undercurrent. Possibly some lactic acid aroma. Short whiff of tropical candy.

T- Quick punch of yeast and citrus that transforms into a tart lemon aftertaste. Definitely some lactic acid present as this can officially be classified a "sour" beer. It all works well together though and doesn't deter one from taking multiple sips. A little soapy.

M- High carbonation and a very soft, fluffy feel. Some pucker at the end.

O- So this is what a real Berliner Weisse should taste like. I like it much better than DFH's "neo" berliner weisse, Festina Peche.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of fruit, wheat and a little hops.

T: This beer tasted of bananas, wheat, some lemon and mild hops. The fruity part was most evident when going down, but overall a tasty experience.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied. Refreshing mouthfeel. Would be a good summer beer.

D: This is the first Berliner Weissbier I've had and hopefully I'll be able to find more of these.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie V in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in the proper Professor Fritz Briem tumbler glass.

Appears lighter golden bodied, one finger white head with excellent retention and plenty of lacing. Looks like a light wheat beer, which is what it certainly is. Smells of crisp wheat, mild lemon tartness, mild noble hop earthiness, mild banana and clove. The nose is crisp and refreshing. Flavour is equally refreshing and thirst quenching, with mild lemon tartness, perhaps 3/10, wheat, mild lemon and citrus tartness, and an even milder spicy clove flavour. It's very drinkable yet flavourful. Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied, not watery but with substantial depth and flavour, refreshing and crisp. Super easy to drink. Overall, seems about right for the style of Berliner Weiss and displays a good amount of the wheat base that inspired this beer. Nice drinkability with enough flavour to make a Hefeweizen fan happy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head that dissapates quickly, moderate carbonation

Smell: like a dry riesling, notes of honey, toasted malt, and grapefruit

Taste: follows the smell

Mouthfeel: crisp, high carbonation that is present throughout, dry, light body, sweet start with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: Above average for the style. Never have I had a beer that tastes so much like a wine before. Not as sour and tangy as my previous experience with the style. Not bad, but I would probably reach for others in this style first.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap

poured into Side Project wine stem.

Appearance: translucent, bright, and glowing straw yellow bodied beer. Massive 3 fingers of bone white head with pretty good staying power. Eventually the beer drops down to a thin cap with a ring around the glass.

Smell: musty wet hay, lemons, granny smith apples, pears, yeasty, grainy, slight spiciness.

Taste: Mild tartness. Lots of lemony citrus flavor. Pears, white grape and a hint of green apple. Not much funk noticed. Slightly spicey, grainy, and yeasty. very faint cheesy funk; I could use substantually more lacto funk in this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Zippy and eppervescent carbonation. Super drinkable and extremely refreshing. Bright and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: Solid beer, but this berlinner weisse does not have that level of cheesy/greek yogert funkiness that you get from the Lactobacillus. It does have saison like qualities and its still a pretty enjoyable beer. It is a beer thats definately worthy of revisit during the heat of the summer. Hot weather session beer for sure. Also a great consideration as a entry level Berlinner Weisse beer to introduce someone to this specific beer style.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden straw color, moderately hazy, prickly white bubbles. Scent leads with a touch of lactic tartness, follows up with light fruit such as apple and citrus, faintly musty dried grain. Taste brings moderate lactic tartness, a nice bit of tart apple, grape, lemon, musty dried grain. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, refreshing. A nice Berliner with a touch of fruit and some toned down tartness. Sampled the last few ounces with Woodruff, very nice.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy bone white head that rose quickly and fell just as fast. Settled to a thin layer of foam. Some delicate lines of lace.

The aroma is of damp hay, tart citrus and prickly barnyard funk. Fairly straightforward, as expected, since the bottle boasts as such.

On the palate, tart citrus bats leadoff with clean, damp wheat mid-palate. The carbonation is high, lifting this beer off your palate and leaving some manure/barnyard funk and tart citrus behind in the finish.

Light bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Perfect on a warm day.

This is a classic, true to form example of the style. Personally, I like my Berliner-weisse to be a little smoother and not so high in carbonation.

Solid example of the style. One that everyone should try.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's

Cloudy, translucent yellow with a thin, white head that recedes to a disk. Lactic tartness up front with a mild lemon and citrus character. Raw wheat is noticeable as it warms up. Tart and refreshing with a mild lactic character. Plenty of lemon and lime character, before a dry, tart and refreshing finish takes over. High in carbonation, light in body, this beer is immensely drinkable. An excellent berliner weiss.

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Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's not often that you see an example of this style in stores. The only example I've tried comes from Dogfish Head.

Regardless, pours a beautiful bright yellow color with a thin-head into my glass. Love the color, even if others would find it average.

Tart with citrus and cherry in the nose. A huge whiff of wheat in the aroma as well.

Ditto for the taste. Tart with cherry and light citrus notes. Cloves and wheat make up the rest of the taste.

Lingering citrus, cherry and tartness followed by a hint of clove. Very interesting.

Wow, now this is to the style! I didn't know what to expect but I have to rate this high for drinkability, etc.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, no date.

appears a hazy pale yellow color. 2 inches of foamy white head, that settles down to a 1/2" covering. lots of bubbles steam to the surface.

aroma of wheat, with a bit of lemon sourness, a bit funky. taste is slightly tart, some citrus. refreshing. thinner body, higher carbonation that works well with the beer.

overall - nice beer - easy to drink and it invites you to keep drinking more.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago.

Pours a hazy golden/yellow, thin white head, no lace, settles to a thin collar on the glass. Smell is sweet, nice and fruity, apples, nice tartness, wheat, candy, pretty unique. Taste is light banana/clove, bread, lemony citrus, acidic tartness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing. Could see myself drinking lots of this in the heat.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my SA Sensory Pint. Pourd a hazy, pale yellow with lots of tiny bubbles effervescing from the base to the cap. Four inch rocky bright white head sizzled and popped, reducing it's volume to 1/8th of it's original size within a minute; no lacing on this one. Nose was citrusy and tart with a subtle indication of yeast in the back. Citrus character revealed as lemon zest, but flavors consistent with nose as well as the presence of a mild wheat character towards the finish. Nice refreshing mouthfeel. Lively and effervescent through the mouth before culminating in a slight pucker at the finish. Easy drinking and refreshing on a warm, sticky NE day. Another excellent offering from Brauerei Weihenstephan.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a foamy white one-finger head. Has a strong yeasty aroma with hints of lemon. Really nice light lemon tart flavor backed by mild yeast and biscuit. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Near perfect example of the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. James Infirmary. Nice yellow haze glow to it, ample carbobation, head retention is exceptional. Good lemony and tart aroma, fresh ground wheat. Mild yeasty presence.

Taste, more tartness, great light mouthfeel and body to the beer. Amazingly similar to Hottenroth. So fresh and so clean. A perfect summer beer. Very prickly carbonation like a nicely done skunky pilsner (this is not skunky whatsoever). Like most good bw's, there is no residual sugar, just plenty of tartness and a light wheat base to wrap it around.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a bright light colored cloudy gold. It almost looks like its neon. The head is white and rises about 1 finger but fades quickly on pour retention. The lacing is spotty and watery.

The aroma is sharp to start with a nice tartness. It smells just like a granny smith apple. I've even peeled one to confirm this, and its confirmed! There is hint of vinegar and wheat.

The taste is great, nice light vinegar taste that is sharp and has a great aftertaste that makes it no doubt what type of beer this is.

The beer is a little watery, but highly drinkable.

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Photo of drpimento
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Poured with a fine, white head and no lace. Color is a clear, light yellow. Aroma is tart, grassy, lemony, berry. Taste has tartness in the fore and the nose qualities. Body and carbonation are perfect for the style. Finish is clean and short to medium in length. Excellent summer beer alone and also equally good with a bit of fruit syrup such as raspberry. Would really like to get some more and lay it by.

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Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. At first a large white head forms, but quickly recedes. No lace is left behind.
S: The aroma is fruity with some orange, lemon, and grapes. Some husky grain. Sour fruits. A dry woody aroma as well.
T: Sweet fruits that follow the nose. A very nice tartness, and sourness that is not over done. An interesting take on a wheat beer.
M/D: A light body that is over carbonated for my tastes. Very refreshing however. Easy and smooth to drink though.

This is interesting, and my first Berliner Weissbier. I can dig it, a sour wheat beer. It works well. I would like it to be a little less carbonated, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear yellow straw with tons of bubbles rising and a massive, 4+ fingers of fluffy white head.

Smell. Funky and slightly sweet wheat, lemons and a bit of orange zest. Has a really great dry, earthy funkyness going on.

Taste. Light lactic sourness and that sweet wheat I was smelling. Not as much flavour coming through as I would expect from the great smell.

Mouthfeel. Light body with pretty strong carbonation. A little watery.

Overall. Nice beer but I have to admit, I'm a little underwhealmed. I think BR Tartare has ruined me forever as far as this style goes.

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Photo of Suds
3.39/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a fascinating and amazingly interesting beer. It's not an appealing beer to behold, being a little cloudy and full of floaties. The head is a soda-pop fizz that fades as quickly as it forms. The aroma, however, is complex and intriguing. Sour-smelling, lactic, horse-sweat, funk, grass, and straw. It's not as appealing as a lambic's smell, but it is interesting, and will surely keep your nose engaged. The taste is not really sour..but very well balanced. More funk, and a very appealing crispness. It would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day (too bad I'm drinking it on a cold winter night). Light body, with a relatively low carbonation. Great smoothness and texture...I love the mouthfeel. All in all, this is not a beer that I'd go out of my way to drink, but it's a wonderful experience. Hail the funk!

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly tart lemon peel with good amounts of earthiness and mildly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slighlty sweet light fruit flavors and malt up front segue almost immediately into funky tart flavors that carry through to a crisp and dry ending. The second pour has a bit more yeast that imparts a slight bready quality that evens out the tartness.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle easily and could have another.

Overall this was a good example of the style but I prefer a bit more tartness. Still, it's very much worth a shot.

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Photo of Gusler
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer departs the 500ml bottle a hazy light gold, the head monstrous in size, a bright creamy white, and it fades slowly, leaving the lace a thick and tight sheet upon the glass. Nose has a sweet and sour tone, fresh, crisp, spicy and mouth watering to say the least. Start is sweet with grain, tart at the back with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a modest acidity, the sweet and sour taste continues to the end, quite dry and a good representative to the style.

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